Dental Implants



Dental implant surgery replaces the root of a missing tooth with a metal post that is placed in the jawbone. An artificial tooth can be placed on an implant after the area has healed. Or, a set of dentures can be attached using more than one implant.

Dental Implant
Dental Implant
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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Injury or damage to nearby teeth
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems if the implants were placed in the upper jaw
  • Implant rejection by the body

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use disorder



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.


American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 

Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association 


Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry 

Canadian Dental Association 


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